The film SUNSHINE SUPERMAN about BASE jumping was picked up by distributors after screening at this year's TIFF.

This week TIFF dominated documentary news. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote on the screening of THE LOOK OF SILENCE, director Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow up to THE ACT OF KILLING. Manori Ravindran of Realscreen had the news that Cinephil had inked a number of international distro deals for the film. And Variety shared a video interview with Oppenheimer. Director Michael Moore made waves by issuing a documentary filmmaker manifesto in a keynote speech that Indiewire reprinted in its entirety. Sam Adams also interviewed Moore in a piece for Biography. Indiewire’s Paula Bernstein reported that CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures had partnered to acquire SUNSHINE SUPERMAN from director Maria Strauch. The Hot Docs festival also used TIFF as a launching pad for its new report on learning from documentary audiences; Kevin Ritchie of Realscreen reported on its release.

Realscreen provided an astounding amount of coverage of the festival. Adam Benzine reported on Martin Scorsese’s Q&A following the screening of his documentary THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT at TIFF. Nick Krewen spoke with THE PRICE WE PAY filmmaker Harold Crooks about his new film. Kevin Ritchie talked to Steven Markovitz, uncovering five tips for finding a coproduction partner. Manori Ravindran covered a panel talk from Marc Schiller of Bond Strategy and Influence. Kevin Ritchie covered the screening of the new Nick Broomfield film TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER. Adam Benzine also reported that HBO had purchased U.S. television rights for Broomfield’s film. Manori Ravindran spoke with directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan about their film THE WANTED 18. At Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood blog, John Anderson listed the best docs at the festival with about three days left.

Stranger Than Fiction announced its lineup this week, with the coming fall season dedicated to the works of filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. “This is the first time STF has ever devoted a full season to one filmmaking team,” said Artistic Director Thom Powers. “It spans over 50 years of time and traces the history of modern American documentary making.” The season officially kicks off on Sept 23 with TOWN BLOODY HALL (1979), the first collaboration between Pennebaker and Hegedus, about a raucous debate over women’s liberation moderated by Norman Mailer with Germaine Greer. For more information on the season, or to purchase tickets, please go here. Also, a reminder that Stranger Than Fiction will feature a pre-season special screening of the film BRONX OBAMA by filmmaker Ryan Murdock about a Barack Obama impersonator living in the Bronx on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. For more information or to purchase tickets please go here.

A special note this week that Ameena Matthews, one of the subjects from the film THE INTERRUPTERS, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Matthews desperately needs an immediate bone marrow transplant. A community of friends has established a crowdfunding page to help Matthews, who lacks insurance, to pay for her lifesaving treatment. You can find out more about the campaign and donate here.

Writing for Realscreen, Manori Ravindran covered the news that New York Times Op-Docs was preparing an Errol Morris series.

A reminder that the deadline for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is September 30. The fellowship provides a host of support and mentorship for an aspiring documentary film editor.

Adam Benzine of Realscreen reported on a shake up at Sheffield Doc/Fest, with both deputy director Charlie Phillips and programming director Hussain Currimbhoy departing. The Guardian announced that Phillips would join the newspaper as its head of documentaries.

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), which takes place Sept. 25-28, announced the details of its Points North Forum.

Adam Schartoff spoke with Ted Hope about his new book, “Hope for Film,” in an episode of his podcast Filmwax Radio.

At the Jackson Free Press, Anna Wolfe covered the decision by the Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) not to air the POV show AFTER TILLER about abortion doctors. PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler and POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry responded to viewers concerns in their own post.

In a piece at the Huffington Post, Matthew Israel wondered if docs about artists were more important than the art itself.

At the International Documentary Association (IDA), Suzanne Curtis Campbell covered a discussion among five established filmmakers about life and career choices.

Writing for the Chicago Reader, Ben Sachs reviewed the film HOMESTRETCH from directors Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly about homeless teens in Chicago. And at the Chicago Sun-Times, Mike Thomas interviewed De Mare and Kelly about their work.

Todd Spangler of Variety reported on the partnership between ESPN and analytics blog FiveThirtyEight to launch two short doc series this fall.

At, Christopher Campbell shared a list of docs hitting home video and VOD platforms this week. Campbell also turned out a review of the Nick Broomfield film TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER. Also at, Dan Schindel shared 10 necessary docs about funny people.

In a piece at Dox Magazine, Jason Brush wrote on how interactivity was leading to the evolution of the documentary form.

The folks at Vice interviewed RED ARMY director Gabe Polsky in a video.

At the New York Times, Vivian Yee wrote on the legal struggles of a team of filmmakers working to make a doc about the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

That’s it for this week. If you have tips or recommendations for the Memo, please e-mail them here, or send them via Twitter to @GuerrillaFace.

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